West Ham have made a £23 million bid for Fiorentina centre-back Nikola Milenkovic according to a report from Gianluca Di Marzio.

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Hammers boss David Moyes is on a desperate search to sign an established centre-back.

We must have been linked with at least 10 central defenders already. But as things stand, we appear to be nowhere nearer actually signing anybody.

Up it until now that is.

Gianluca Di Marzio claims that West Ham have identified Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic as a prime target. It is suggested that the east London outfit have submitted a €25 million (£23 million) bid for the 22-year-old, but La Viola are holding out for more.

ACF Fiorentina v Torino FC - Serie A

Nikola Milenkovic (Photo by Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images)

The 20-capped Serbia international is a truly superb defender. He is at his best when playing in the centre-back position, but he can also fill in at right-back.

 

And that will undoubtedly appeal to the Hammers.

Milenkovic is very highly rated in the game. And he has been personally scouted by Jose Mourinho on numerous occasions (The Sun).

ACF Fiorentina v Torino FC - Serie A

Nikola Milenkovic (Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Stats

The 22-year-old played 37 Serie A games for Fiorentina last season, scoring five goals in the process. During those outings, the Serbian averaged 1.2 tackles, 0.8 interceptions, 3.3 clearances and 0.5 blocks per game. He also won an average of 2.3 aerial duals per match during that period of games (Who Scored).

Milenkovic is an absolutely superb player. And he would improve West Ham’s defence immeasurably.

It seems as though Fiorentina want more than £23 million, however. That should not be a problem for the Hammers though, considering the fact we were reportedly prepared to pay £30 million plus for 27-year-old James Tarkowski (Guardian).

This is one that we need to get done asap. Milenkovic is one of the best young defenders in Europe. And we quite simply cannot afford to miss out on the Serb.

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